China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier and six accompanying navy warships are conducting military training with fighter jets and helicopters in the Western Pacific Ocean, the Japanese Defense Ministry announced Wednesday.

The ongoing drills Tuesday in waters that are closely monitored by Japan were likely intended to check military activities in the same area by the U.S., Japan and others, especially as the allies become increasingly vocal over the fate of self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as a renegade province.

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